Call for Participants – European Social Sciences and History Conference Roundtable (Ghent, Belgium, April 2010)

Call for Participants
ESSHC round table/session – to celebrate the book launch of Globalizing feminisms before 1945  (ed. Karen Offen, forthcoming 2010 from Routledge, in the series: Rewriting History).

For the upcoming European Social Sciences and History Conference (ESSHC) in Ghent, Belgium, 13 – 16 April 2010 we propose a round table session on the pre-1945 history of transnational feminisms, taking as our frame of reference the forthcoming collection of articles Globalising feminisms before 1945. We would like to invite speakers to address one of the four themes of the book and compare, from a transnational perspective, several (or all) of the contributions in each section to their own specific research on feminist movements.

Please send a SHORT c.v. and statement of your interest in (and commitment to) participating in this round table, and indicate which theme you would like to address. E-mail to both Karen Offen & Julie Carlier no later than Saturday 25 April 2009. and . We realize this is very short notice but our proposal to the ESSHC must be submitted by May 1st – and this idea just occurred to us.

The four organizing themes of Globalizing feminisms are:

1. Opening Out National Histories of Feminisms

2. Rethinking Feminist Action in Religious and Denominational Contexts

3. Birthing International Feminist Initiatives in an Age of Nationalisms and Imperialisms

4. Reconceptualizing Historical Knowledge through Feminist Historical Perspectives

Please find a table of contents below. 18 of the 20 articles in the book (except one in translation, by Florence Rochefort, and an original contribution by Ellen Carol DuBois) have previously been published in widely distributed scholarly reviews or as book chapters and can thus be accessed prior to the actual publication of the collection.

We are especially interested in comments addressing the following questions:
– How do the essays in each section, with their wide geopolitical scope, raise further questions and angles of research for scholars of European feminisms in particular?
– What is the relationship between the national and the transnational, in terms of the complex historical interconnections between national and international feminist movements, as well as the way in which the transnational perspective calls into question accepted categories in national histories of feminisms? How do transnational perspectives illuminate our understanding of national feminisms?
– What would you propose as the next steps to take in researching the history of feminisms comparatively and transnationally?
– How can the comparative study of feminisms prior to 1945 inform our understanding of global feminisms in our contemporary world?
Globalizing Feminisms before 1945: Table of Contents

PART I: Opening Out National Histories of Feminisms

1 Was Mary Wollstonecraft a Feminist? – Karen Offen

2 Re-Rooting American Women’s Activism: Global Perspectives on 1848 – Nancy Hewitt

3 Liberty, Equality, Morality: The Attempt to Sustain an International Campaign against the Double Sexual Standard – Anne Summers

4 “To Educate Women into Rebellion”: Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the Creation of a Transatlantic Network of Radical Suffragists – Sandra Stanley Holton

5 Women’s Rights, Feminism, and Suffragism in Japan, 1870-1925 – Barbara Molony
PART II: Rethinking Feminist Action in Religious and Denominational Contexts

6 Feminism and Protestantism in the 19th Century: First Encounters 1830-1900 – Florence Rochefort (translated from the French)

7 From Fredrika Bremer to Ellen Key: Calling, Gender and the Emancipation Debate in Sweden, c. 1830-1900 – Inger Hammar

8 Indian Christian Women and Indigenous Feminism, c. 1850-1920 – Padma Anagol

9 Settler Anxieties, Indigenous Peoples, and Women’s Suffrage in the Colonies of Australia, New Zealand, and Hawai’i, 1888 to 1902 – Patricia Grimshaw

10 Challenging Traditions: Denominational Feminisms in Britain, 1910-1920
– Jacqueline R. DeVries
PART III: Birthing International Feminist Initiatives in an Age of Nationalisms and Imperialisms

11 Constructing Internationalism: The Case of Transnational Women’s Organizations, 1888-1945 – Leila J. Rupp

12 The Challenge of Multinational Empire for the International Women’s Movement: The Habsburg Monarchy and the Development of Feminist Inter/National Politics – Susan Zimmerman

13 The Other ‘Awakening’: The Emergence of Women’s Movements in the Modern Middle East, 1900-1940 – Ellen L. Fleischmann

14 Latin American Feminism and the Transnational Arena – Francesca Miller

15 Internationalizing Married Women’s Nationality: The Hague Campaign of 1930  – Ellen Carol DuBois (original contribution)

16 Inventing Commonwealth and Pan-Pacific Feminisms: Australian Women’s Internationalist Activism in the 1920s-30s – Angela Woollacott

Part IV: Reconceptualizing Historical Knowledge through Feminist Historical Perspectives

17 Feminism, Social Science, and the Meanings of Modernity: The Debate on the Origin of the Family in Europe and the United States, 1860-1914 – Ann Taylor Allen

18 Women’s Suffrage and Revolution in the Russian Empire, 1905-1917 – Rochelle Goldberg Ruthchild

19 Women’s Suffrage in China: Challenging Scholarly Conventions – Louise Edwards

20 Rethinking the Socialist Construction and International Career of the Concept “Bourgeois Feminism” – Marilyn J. Boxer


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